Fonds PR4078 - Tamarac Stock Farm fonds

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Tamarac Stock Farm fonds

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    • 1919-1954 (Creation)

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    0.30 m of textual records

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    Tamarac Stock Farm was a dairy farm southeast of Blackfalds, Alberta. . The farm was owned and operated from the 1920s to the 1950s by Cicely P. and Herbert Elwell, a couple who bought their first cow shortly after they were married in 1913. As the farm developed, the Elwells kept a herd of approximately 75 Holstein-Friesian cows and several pigs.

    Herbert Elwell was born in Colorado, USA. He entered the University of Birmingham’s Faculty of Medicine in 1899, and taught English in Belgium and France from 1901-1902. In 1903, he went to South Africa and joined the City Police in Durban, Natal. After a year, he enlisted in the South African Constabulary. When he was discharged in 1908, he decided to come to Canada and become a farmer. In 1910, he purchased the 320 acre plot of land near Blackfalds (18-39-26-W4) that would eventually become the Tamarac Stock Farm.

    Cicely P. Burns moved from England to Blackfalds in 1905 to live with her uncle Douglas Gregson, who was one of the town’s first permanent residents. She and Herbert were married and had three children: Heather, James, and Phyllis. Herbert died in 1959, and Cicely died in 1975.

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    The fonds consists of a collection of detailed financial ledgers created by the Elwells in their running of the Tamarac Stock Farm in Blackfalds, Alberta.

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    Phyllis (Elwell) and James Wells’ son David Wells donated the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 2004.


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        Includes accession PR2015.0355

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            Background information sourced from obituaries and newspaper articles in the Red Deer Advocate.

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